Up To Here (1989) Lyrics And Backing Vocals
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Blow At High Dough
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They shot a movie once, in my hometown
Everybody was in it, from miles around
Out at the speedway, some kinda Elvis thing
Well I ain't no movie star
But I can get behind anything

Yea I can get behind anything

Get it out, get it all out, yea stretch that thing
Make it last, make it all last, at least until the supper bell rings

Well the taxi driver likes his rhythm, never likes the stops
Throes of passion, throes of passion, when something just threw him off

Sometimes the faster it gets the less you need to know
But you gotta remember, the smarter it gets, the further it's gonna go

When you blow at high dough
When you blow at high dough

Whoa baby I feel fine, I'm pretty sure it's genuine
It makes no sense, no it makes no sense, but I'll take it free any time

Whoever fits her usually gets her, it was the strangest thing
How'd she move so fast, move so fast, into that wedding ring

Out at the speedway, same Elvis thing
Well I can't catch her, but I can get behind anything
Yea I can get behind anything
Well I can get behind anything

Out at the speedway, same Elvis thing

I'll Believe In You

Well it's 7am and she woke by the radio
Yea she rolled on over said, "where did man go?"
She's been a gunslinger's wife all her life
Now she fights when she's able (Now she fights when she's able)
For the sake of the kids (For the sake of the kids)
When the knife's at their necks in the cradle (When the knife's at their necks in the cradle)
She screams

I'll believe in you or I'll be leaving you tonight (I'll believe in you or I'll be leaving you tonight)
I will believe in you or I'll be leaving you tonight (I will believe in you or I'll be leaving you tonight)

Well she's got all the kids and she's got all their uses
But she loves them the same for neglect and abuses
She got a warm spot where they fought and they made up last evening (She got a warm spot where they fought and they made up last evening)
He said, "Don't read too much into the fact that I'm leaving" (He said, "Don't read too much into the fact that I'm leaving")
She screams

I'll believe in you or I'll be leaving you tonight (I'll believe in you or I'll be leaving you tonight)
I will believe in you or I'll be leaving you tonight (I will believe in you or I'll be leaving you tonight)
I will believe in you or I'll be leaving you tonight (I will believe in you or I'll be leaving you tonight)
I will believe in you or I'll be leaving you tonight (I will believe in you or I'll be leaving you tonight)

How do I explain this, I mean how do I put it into words
It's one thing or another, but it's neither this or that
Actually it's a collection of things
She said, " that's it, that's it, get out"

Well her mother said, "kill him slow at your leisure"
Ah, but desperate times call for desperate measures
So, she went to the closet and she pulled the old gun down
"I'll put a bullet through his heart if he ain't home by sundown"

Yea 5:55 he comes walking in the front door smiling (Yea 5:55 he comes walking in the front door smiling)
He said, "don't read too much into what I ain't denying" (He said, "don't read too much into what I ain't denying")
She screams

I'll believe in you or I'll be leaving you tonight (I'll believe in you or I'll be leaving you tonight)
I will believe in you or I'll be leaving you tonight (I will believe in you or I'll be leaving you tonight)
I will believe in you or I'll be leaving you tonight (I will believe in you or I'll be leaving you tonight)
I will believe in you or I'll be leaving you tonight (I will believe in you or I'll be leaving you tonight)
Well I believe in you

New Orleans Is Sinking
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Bourbon blues on the street, loose and complete
Under skies all smokey blue-green
I can't forsake a dixie dead shake
So we dance the sidewalk clean
My memory is muddy what's this river that I'm in?
New Orleans is sinking man and I don't wanna swim.

Colonel Tom, what's wrong? What's goin' on?
You can't tie yourself up for a deal?
He said "Hey North, you're South, shut yer big mouth!
You've gotta do what you feel is real."
Aint got no picture picture postcards, aint got no souvenirs
My baby, she don't know me when I'm thinking 'bout those years

Pale as a lightbulb, hanging on a wire
Sucking up to someone just to stoke the fire
Picking out the highlights of the scenery
Saw a little cloud that looked a little like me

I had my hands in the river
My feet back up on the banks
Looked up to the Lord above
and said "hey man thanks."
Sometimes I feel so good I've gotta scream
She said Gordie baby I know exactly what you mean
She said, she said, I swear to God she said...

My memory is muddy what's this river that I'm in?
New Orleans is sinking man and I don't wanna swim.

38 Years Old
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Twelve men broke loose in Seventy-Three
From Millhaven maximum security
Twelve pictures lined up, across the front page
Seems the Mounties had a summertime war to wage

The chief told the people they had nothing to fear
Said, the last thing ya wanna do is hang around here
They mostly came from towns with long French names
But one of the dozen was a hometown shame

Same pattern on the table
Same clock on the wall
Been one seat empty, eighteen years in all
Freezing slow time, away from the world
He's 38 year's old, never kissed a girl

We were sitting round the table, heard the telephone ring
Father said he tell 'em if he saw anything
Heard the tap on my window in the middle of the night
Held back the curtains for my older brother Mike

See my sister got raped, so a man got killed
Local boy went to prison, man's buried on the hill
Folks went back to normal when they closed the case
But they still stare at their shoes when they pass our place

My mother cried, the horror has finally ceased
He whispered, yea for the time being at least
Over her shoulder, on the squad car megaphone
Said, let's go Michael, son, we're taking you home.

She Didn't Know

Born a queen up on her side, and she felt it too (Born a queen up on her side, and she felt it too)
There's a lot you can see when there's nothing to do (There's a lot you can see when there's nothing to do)
She got down on her knees and she dug herself out (She got down on her knees and she dug herself out)
Slipping to the east side and prancing about (Slipping to the east side and prancing about)

Learn a language baby, it's that kind of place (Learn a language baby, it's that kind of place)
Low card is hunger and high card is taste (Low card is hunger and high card is taste)
And trouble is small change when daddy's around (And trouble is small change when daddy's around)
You know that she learned a lesson when she happened down (You know that she learned a lesson when she happened down)

She didn't know (The barrel was loaded)
She didn't know (The barrel was loaded)
She didn't know (The barrel was loaded)
She didn't know

One eye on the table, one eye on the floor (One eye on the table, one eye on the floor)
She got beat for her pride with her back to the door (She got beat for her pride with her back to the door)
She be digging the spotlight and called it her own (She be digging the spotlight and called it her own)
But you know it's over when everyone's gone (But you know it's over when everyone's gone)

Stealing seconds together, the day is the night (Stealing seconds together, the day is the night)
You can fly your own colors as long as they're right (You can fly your own colors as long as they're right)
The trigger invites you and so do the boys (The trigger invites you and so do the boys)
But if there ain't no one listening there ain't no noise (But if there ain't no one listening there ain't no noise)

Boots Or Hearts
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Well I think that there's a problem here
Her voice just don't sound right
But I left myself on her answering machine
Said, I'm back in town tonight

I feel I've stepped out of the wilderness
All squint-eyed and confused
But even babies raised by wolves
They know exactly when they've been used

See when it starts to fall apart
It really falls apart
Like boots or hearts, Oh when they start
They really fall apart

Fingers and toes, fingers and toes
Forty things we share
Forty-one if you include
The fact that we don't care

Now you've blocked off most of main street
For your faith parade
Everyone in town now, they probably all agree
I'm lying in the bed I made

Now you won't even let me talk to you
We got some air to clear
We'd probably only agree on one thing anyway
That's what the hell is happening here?

Fingers and toes, fingers and toes
Forty things we share
Forty-one if you include
The fact that we don't care

Everytime You Go
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Like anyone I knew a Dave
Drove a Plymouth shallow grave
Said, My girl don't just walk, she unfurls

With motorcycle language
He stumbled through his slang pledge
Then he dragged the mud for wedding pearls

He closed both his eyes and sort of gave her a kiss
Said, Don't worry baby about what you're gonna miss
There will always be a much much more than this

Everytime you go, you are all I see (Everytime you go)
Holding out for you and me (Everytime you go)

Pulled down his birthday suitcase
Brown with dust from no place
Said, I think it's time we made a start

They danced the waltz of charity
No car garage, two kids for free
They were pissing bliss and playing parts

She closed both her eyes, sorta gave him a kiss
Said, Don't worry baby what you're gonna miss
There always be much much more than this

Everytime you go, you are all I see (Everytime you go)
Holding out for you and me (Everytime you go)

And the big snake pit
And we danced to the edge of it
And we laugh and we laugh
Cause we ain't seen the half of it

Every time you go, you are all I see (Everytime you go)
Holding out for you and me (Everytime you go)
Everytime you go, you are all I see (You are all I see)
Holding out for you and me (Holding out)
Everytime you go, you are all I see (You are all I see)
Holding out for you and me (Holding Out)
You and me you and me you and me

When The Weight Comes Down
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Afternoon, see a guy with rubies on his head
And he's shifting like shifting like he was dead
And he's hearing something, she never said
On his way back home, under his bed

When the weight comes down (When the weight comes down)
When the weight comes down (When the weight comes down)

In the night there's a girl who doesn't mind her ragged sleeves
Knowing someone soon is gonna grieve
And a man he tells her a story, she just won't believe
Called "Adam never could do right by Eve"

And the weight comes down (When the weight comes down)
And the weight comes down (When the weight comes down)
And the weight comes down (When the weight comes down)
Down on you, down on me
And a girl walks by the burning bush
She asks "what's going on here man?"
And he smiles, says "open wide, wide, wide"

In my dreams, a candy coated train comes to my door
With a little girl, I can't have anymore
You know a letter washes up to the shore
That I cannot read and I probably should ignore

When the weight comes down (When the weight comes down)
When the weight comes down (When the weight comes down)
When the weight comes down (When the weight comes down)

Trickle Down
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Old lion's dying, got left behind
Cut your teeth, lose your meat, and man it's just a matter of time
Key's to the cuffs, you might be king, that's it, that's all, that's everything

Skeletons come here to dance
Where barrooms beat their brothers into a bloody trance
What's the deal? what did I do?
Who cops all the cops is all I asked of you

Lining up, waiting on the trickle down (Waiting on the trickle down)
Something's up, taking time to get around (Taking time to get around)
Belly up, all the drinks are on the Crown (All the drinks are on the Crown)
It's just a matter of trickle down (A matter of a trickle down)

Twenty miles before the crash, that's the style for a while
And man I think it's gonna last, "hit the breaks" is all you can say
Conductor says we'll save them for another rainy day

Another Midnight
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He was a coal miner in the spring
Blinded with its dusty resolutions
Broke his back for higher contributions
Now he'd take anything

Well she was 1970
Burning like a cigarette long season
Heir to her family's old treasons
She makes love hard like an enemy
Oh ma he's dying (Oh ma he's dying)

And the river don't sleep (And the river don't sleep)
When the water runs cold (When the water runs cold)
And the calendar burns (And the calendar burns)
As the story unfolds (As the story unfolds)
And the valley spans miles (And the valley spans miles)
When the mountain stands high (When the mountain stands high)
Can't they let us run wild (Can't they let us run wild)
For another midnight (For another midnight)

Perhaps we're election day
Pumping hands and kissing all the babies
Ain't no time for shadowed doubts or maybes
Is there another way?

Or we're a stolen Cadillac
Racing for a roadblock in the distance
Flashing by a lifetime in an instance
Can we take it all back?

Oh ma he's dying (Oh ma he's dying)
Oh ma he's dying (Oh ma he's dying)

And the river don't sleep Can we take it back

And the valley spans miles (And the valley spans miles)
When the mountain stands high (When the mountain stands high)
Can't they let us run wild (Can't they let us run wild)
For another midnight (For another midnight)

Opiated
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He bought two-fifths of lead free gasoline
Said, the bottle is dusty, but my engine is clean
He bought a nice blue suit with the money he could find
If his bride didn't like it, St Peter wouldn't mind

Now I lie here so out-of-breath and over-opiated (Over opiated)
Maybe I couldn't catch up, no but maybe he could have waited (Maybe he could wait)

Well the medicine man started seeing red
You thing the snake just dreams up the poison in his head
Addicted to approval, addicted to the air
It was see if you like it or see you up there





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